Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC)
was recognized for its commitment to protecting and preserving the
environment in San Diego.
Continental Maritime, a subsidiary of the company's Newport
News sector, was selected by the California Water Environment
Association (CWEA) as Southern California's Facility of the Year in the
large industry category.
In an award letter to Northrop Grumman, John Boyd, CWEA awards
chairman, said the CWEA was impressed with Continental Maritime's
knowledgeable and committed environmental staff and its innovative
process controls to eliminate stormwater discharge and waste into the
San Diego Bay. "Organizations such as yours provide an example of how a
joint commitment by management and employees to effective waste
management yields results," he said.
Continental Maritime began efforts in 1997 to eliminate
stormwater discharges by installing a collection system to divert all
runoff from the San Diego Bay. All stormwater discharges were
eliminated in 2001. In 2005 Continental Maritime became the nation's
first zero-discharge shipyard by eliminating all discharges. Operating
under a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit,
Continental Maritime eliminated
all point-source discharges, including
stormwater, into San Diego Bay